Kaiser, Lee, Eric & Sue Morcus
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Patriarch Kaiser Morcus has lived the classic American
Dream since arriving as a young immigrant from
Lebanon in 1956. He evolved into a successful and
respected hotelier and restaurateur in Denver and Vail,
Colorado, before retiring to the sleepy Coachella Valley
in 1990. Quickly bored with golf and longing for a
decent restaurant meal, he opened the first Kaiser Grille
in Palm Desert in 1992.
Kaiser Morcus is the founder and spirit of Kaiser
Restaurant Group,a privately held family restaurant
company that has built, owned, and operated multiple
restaurant concepts -- from casual through fine dining --
in the Palm Springs desert resorts and Carmel
communities. The Group's leaders continue to pursue
slow growth with a one meal at a time, "one deal at a
Kaiser's son, Lee Morcus is a co-founding (1992)
principal in Kaiser Restaurant Group as well as a co-
founding principal and managing member in Morcus
Management, LLC. This restaurant services company
provides full service strategic planning, restaurant
development, operations, management, administration,
marketing, financial planning, staff development
services to the restaurants within Kaiser Restaurant
Group with the potential to provide the services to select
outside clients as well.
Lees' life calling in the Hospitality industry led him to a
Bachelors of Science, Business Administration Degree
in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the
University of Denver. Growing up in the resort business
has prepared Mr. Morcus for his success and
understanding of the seasonality of the destination
Another son, Eric, earned a degree in Architectural
Engineering from the University of Colorado at a time
when new construction was at an all-time low and took
a marketing position with a San Diego company, then
later as a District Sales Manager with a Fortune 500
Company. He moved his family to the desert in 2005 to
help operate the growing number of Kaiser restaurants.
He is Director of Group Services, Event Planning, Sales
and Marketing for the company.
Vice President of the Palm Springs Desert Resorts
President of the Palm Springs Restaurant Association
Board Member of the Palm Springs Hospitality
Volunteer Coach For Palm Desert YMCA
Daughter Sue Morcus Fee was also recruited to the fold
in 2005 as Human Resources director, and did a
masterful job of handling three thousand job
applications when their newest project, Jackalope
Ranch, was preparing to open. When Jackalope Ranch
opened in 2009, the number of people employed by the
Kaiser Restaurant group jumped to 390.
1992 - Founding of the Kaiser Restaurant Group, Palm
1992 - Kaiser Grille, Palm Desert, California
1998 - Kaiser Grille, Palm Springs, California
2000 - The Hog's Breath Inn, Carmel, California
2001 - The Chop House, Palm Springs, California
2001 - The Deck Restaurant & Sky Bar, Palm Springs,
2003 - The Chop House, Palm Desert, California
2004 - The Hog's Breath Inn, La Quinta, California
2004 - The Big Fish Grille & Oyster Bar, Palm Desert,
2008 - Jackalope Ranch, Indio, California
2011 - Grind Brgr Bar, Palm Springs, California
2014 - Reopening of Kaiser Grille, Palm Desert,
The Morcus Family has over 100 years of combined
experience in the hospitality industry and has been creating
unique restaurants in the Coachella Valley since 1992.
We are proud of our achievements and are passionate about
our community .
Each and every dish is prepared with a passion for
Our mission is to provide you with the freshest,
highest quality food and unsurpassed service.